Sony DSC-H50 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50




Features & Controls



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

The Cyber-shot H50 features a Carl Zeiss 15x, 5.2 to 78mm (31 to 465mm in 35mm equivalent), F2.7 - F8(w) zoom lens. The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 8 groups, with 4 aspheric elements and 1 ED element. Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization feature counteracts camera-shake to ensure sharp images. This feature also benefits low-light photography by allowing the use of longer shutter speeds with reduced risk of image blur from camera-shake.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

The auto popup speedlight has modes for: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in and Slow-sync. The working range at ISO Auto: .2m to 9.1m Wide, 1.2m to 5.5m Tele.




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

The eyelevel electronic viewfinder (EVF) is a tiny 0.2-inch (0.5cm) color LCD monitor with a magnified eyepiece. The diopter adjustment is located on the left-hand side. The EVF can be used for framing, review and menu operations. The FINDER/LCD button switches the active display from EVF to the large color LCD - the information displayed on both monitors is identical.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

The 3-inch color LCD has 230,000 pixels and Sony's Clear Photo LCD Plus™ technology. It can be used for preview, review and accessing the camera's menu system. The monitor can display a realtime histogram in record mode if desired.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

Controls on the back: The FINDER/LCD button selects the active display. On the far left is the shortcut button for the Slideshow feature. The "play" button enables the playback mode. Next is the Zoom lens controls, which also function as the Index and Magnify buttons when in playback mode. The MENU button calls up and dismisses menu screens.

The 4-way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. The center button accepts menu selections. In record mode the 4-way buttons are used for: "Up" changes DISPlay settings (controls the amount of information displayed on the EVF or LCD), "Down" enable selftimer, "Left" enables Macro focus mode and "Right" is for changing the flash mode. Around the 4-way is the "Wheel" dial, which, depending on the mode being used, allows you to quickly change settings like ISO value, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure value, etc. Lastly, the Home button pulls up the "Home" menu with options for shooting mode, playback mode, Home screen, Settings etc.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

Top controls: Out in front is the shutter release button. The Metering button selects the desired mode (Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot). The BRK/Drive button selects the drive mode (Single, Burst, AE Bracketing). You can also see the Infrared System sensor, built-in microphone, and Power button. On the far left of the camera you see the switch for the Nightshot feature.

The Mode Dial has positions for: AUTO, Program AE, Shutter-speed priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Movie, SCN, Landscape, Twilight Portrait, Advanced Sports Shooting, Portrait and High Sensitivity (ISO).




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

On the sides are the I/O ports: The multi-connector is used for A/V output (video is NTSC or PAL) and USB 2.0 (high speed) data transfers. This is PictBridge compatible for direct printing to most modern photo printers. The DC IN port on the right allows use of and external power source.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

The H50 stores its data on ~15MB of internal memory and optional Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Duo PRO Cards. Memory Stick Duo PRO is required for capturing the MPEG-VX Fine mode 30fps motion video clips.



Approx. Storage Capacities

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

The Cyber-shot H50 is powered by a Sony Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 3.6V, 3.4Wh (960 mAh) battery pack. Sony's Stamina technology provides power for up to 300 shots with LCD On or 330 shots using the EVF. This pack is charged in the handy BC-CSG charger. It features folds away prongs, which is great for traveling and easy storage.



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